Daily Harvest -- 6/28/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers, farm groups excited by immigration reform passage in Senate
- Several lawmakers, agriculture groups, and labor groups applauded the Senate passage Thursday of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, which seeks to provide a path to legal status for millions of undocumented people - many of whom are farm workers.
Washington Post: Senate immigration bill: Who voted how (and why)
- The Senate passed immigration bill got the backing of fewer than one-third of Republicans and faces an uncertain future, particularly with the House set to craft its own immigration bill.
Agri-Pulse: Krysta Harden nominated as Deputy Secretary at USDA
- President Obama announced plans to nominate Krysta Harden as Deputy Secretary for the USDA and Robert Bonnie as Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment.
Bloomberg: Republicans Eye Splitting Farms, Food Stamps for Measure
- Republican leaders in the U.S. House are exploring divorcing farm subsidies from food stamps to revive the failed farm bill, breaking up a political alliance that for decades expanded spending on farmers and hungry families.
FOOD & NUTRITION
USDA issues new school snack standards
- Under USDA's new "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards, America's students will be offered healthier food options during the school day.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
EU-China trade spat widens
- China announced a new trade sanction on Thursday that targets chemical producers in the European Union, the latest salvo in a growing dispute between the key trading partners.
New York Times: Obama to Suspend Trade Privileges With Bangladesh
- The tariff preferences being curtailed cover a variety of products, including tobacco and plastic bags, but do not apply to the country’s garment industry. Some trade experts said the suspension would be largely symbolic because it will affect less than 1 percent of America’s $4.9 billion in annual imports from Bangladesh.
Wall Street Journal: Corzine, O'Brien Charged in MF Global Collapse
- Federal regulators on Thursday filed civil charges against former MF Global Holdings Ltd. Chief Executive Jon. S. Corzine, and a top lieutenant for overseeing the misuse of almost $1 billion in customer funds.
Agri-Pulse: Gov. Christie vetoes NJ gestation crate bill
- In a victory for pork producers, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have banned the use of gestation cages in the state’s livestock production.
Agri-Pulse: Commentary: It's A New World Out There
- AFT President Jon Scholl opines on the numerous changes that are making it difficult to do anything in Washington and says it’s a shame that the farm bill is the latest good deed caught in this dysfunction.
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